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    Paulo B. Lourenço

    Full Professor

    Paulo B. Lourenço, graduated in Civil Engineer by University of Porto in 1990, and obtained his PhD from Technical University of Delft, the Netherlands, on computational methods for masonry structures.

    Full professor and head of the Structural Group at University of Minho

    His research domains include non-destructive testing, advanced experimental and numerical analysis, innovative strengthening techniques and earthquake engineering, with a focus on masonry and timber. He worked as consultant in more than 100 monuments in Portugal and abroad.

    He supervised more than 50 PhD and 70 MSc students. He was the Leader of the revision of Eurocode 6 (Part 1). He is Editor of the International Journal of Architectural Heritage, Coordinator of the European MSc in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions (www.msc-sahc.org).

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    Daniel V. Oliveira

    Associate Professor

    Daniel V. Oliveira, Civil Engineer (1993) and Master in Civil Engineering Structures (1996) by University of Porto, concluded his PhD in 2003, at University of Minho, on the cyclic behavior of blocky masonry structures. He is currently a staff member of the Civil Engineering Department of University of Minho.

    His main research interests include experimental and numerical approaches about the rehabilitation of historic masonry structures, earthquake engineering, use of composite materials and earthen construction. He is author of several publications, in both conferences and in journals, on those topics.

    He is supervisor of several MSc and PhD students and acts as reviewer of several ISI journals.

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    Graça Vasconcelos

    Assistant Professor

    Graça Vasconcelos, graduated in Civil Engineer and master in Civil Engineering Structures by Engineering faculty of University of Porto, concluded her doctorate thesis in Civil Engineering in 2005 by University of Minho, about the experimental analysis of masonry material and stone masonry walls under in-plane loading.

    Her research domains include the development of materials and constructive systems for masonry walls, experimental analysis, timber frame structures and seismic vulnerability assessment of traditional masonry buildings. She is author of more than 45 papers in international journals and about 150 publications among book, book chapters, national journals and national and international conferences.

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    Francisco M. Fernandes

    Assistant Professor

    Francisco M. Fernandes, graduated in Civil Engineer by University of Minho in 2001, made his doctorate thesis in 2006, also in University of Minho, about assessment of old masonry structures trough ground penetrating radar and resistance drilling in old clay bricks.

    His research domain includes the study and application of nondestructive techniques in masonry and reinforced concrete structures of any kind, being author of several publications, in both conferences and in specialized journals, on those topics.

    Other areas of research are related to the study of deterioration of old materials, modeling and numerical simulation of masonry structures.

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    Jorge M. Branco

    Assistant Professor

    Jorge Branco is Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering, University of Minho, Portugal, where he has been developing research in the field of timber constructions.

    Jorge Branco is experienced in the fields of timber structures, from wood and wood–based products characterization, design of connections, to the diagnosis and strengthening of timber elements and joints. The robustness and resilience of timber structures, in particular, the ones located in seismic regions, are one of his research topic.

    Jorge Branco is Chair of the RILEM Technical Committee RTE - Reinforcement of Timber Elements in Existing Structures, member of the WG8 for the seismic performance of timber structures and member of the standardization committee CT14.

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    José Campos e Matos

    Assistant Professor

    Graduated in civil engineering in 2002, obtained his Master in structures of civil engineering in 2008, and his PhD in civil engineering in 2013, in the field of probabilistic-based safety assessment of existing structures. Is being developing his teaching activities, as well as the supervision of MSc and PhD thesis, since 2007, at School of Engineering of University of Minho. He is member of ISISE – Institute for Sustainability and Innovation in Structural Engineering, since 2007.

    His research fields are asset management systems, life-cycle costs (LCC), safety assessment, risk evaluation and sustainability. He is author or co-author of more than 50 publications in international conferences and journals. Participates in several international committees, coordinating several international working groups.

    He is also coordinating the research project SustIMS – Sustainable Infrastructure Management System (Portugal 2020) and the project SAFEWAY – GIS_Based Infrastructure Management System for Optimized Response to Extreme Events on Terrestrial Transport Networks (Horizonte 2020), as well as the Action COST TU 1406 – Quality specifications for roadway bridges, standardization at a European level (BridgeSpec).

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    Ana Fonseca

    Senior Technician

    Ana Fonseca has a degree in Languages and Modern Literatures (French/English), majoring in Translation (Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, 2002) and a post-graduation in History, International Relations and Cooperation (Faculty of Arts of the University of Porto, 2010). She worked for 6 years as a Scholarship Manager of the European Commission’s High Level Scholarships Programme for Latin America (AlBan). She also worked in various organizations connected to the cooperation in Higher Education, in Brussels. Since September 2011, Ana Fonseca runs the Secretariat of the Advanced Masters in Structural Analysis of Monuments and Historical Constructions.

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